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Evolutionary Witchcraft Paperback – Oct 6 2005
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About the Author
T. Thorn Coyle has been a spiritual seeker her whole life, and a Witch for more than twenty years. A musician, dancer, activist, and poet, she teaches internationally.
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This is not your average Wicca 101 book. (In fact, there are good reasons why Feri Witchcraft should not be called Wicca, but that's another story.) There are no spells here, no tables of correspondences, no pre-made rituals for solar or lunar holidays. Instead, there are meditations or practices that work with the breath, with posture, with movement and dance, with the magical tools of blade and cup, and with stories, deities, and concepts specific to Feri Tradition such as the Peacock God and the Iron and Pearl Pentacles. Thorn's writing is clear, powerful, and poetic without being forced; in reading this book, I found myself remembering how breathtaking The Spiral Dance was when I first read in 1979, the year of its publication, how Starhawk's words swept me away into a world of new possibilities. I believe Evolutionary Witchcraft will do the same for a new generation of people who want to deepen their connection to spirit, to the earth, and to their best selves.
Far more than the garden variety Witchcraft book which offers the same rehashed information ad infinitum, in this much anticipated work, author and priestess T. Thorn Coyle reveals many of the spiritual tools from the Feri tradition of Witchcraft as a means toward personal transformation.
"Evolutionary Witchcraft" amounts to a training manual for those who are interested in developing their own Divine potential. Using tools from one of the most potent and mysterious traditions of Witchcraft being practiced today, Thorn is able to offer the reader much more than is generally available currently on the subject of the Craft, focusing less on simple spells and esoteric symbolism, and more on practical techniques designed to allow the practitioner to develop their own spirit, as well as to strengthen their magickal power.
Using spiritual practice as a means toward personal evolution, Thorn is able to guide the reader through a series of self-examining exercises which are as simple as they are powerful.
For those practitioners of the Craft who yearn for something more, then "Evolutionary Witchcraft" is for you. For those interested specifically in learning more about the Feri tradition then there is no better book on the subject than this. Covered Feri topics include:
Casting the Feri Circle/Sphere
The Iron and Pearl Pentacles
The Three Souls
Working with the Elements and the Guardians
Working with the Gods of Feri
The Black Heart of Innocence
...and much more.
Author T. Thorn Coyle is a holder of the Black Wand of the Master, a title recognized by some lines of the Feri tradition and bestowed upon her by one of Feri's founders, Cora Anderson. A Feri and Reclaiming priestess, as well as accomplished poet, dancer, and singer, she teaches internationally on the spiritual tools of Feri Witchcraft as well as in spiritual political activism. This is her first book.
Then I turned to the back cover and was put off by the authors picture. So I didn't buy the book. The image of the author was out of balance in my judgement with the love and light content within the book itself.
Months passed, and some of the insights of the book stayed with me. One evening during a prayerful meditation the Crone aspect of the Goddess made an appearance and...well...scared me <laugh>, and then accused me of being disriminatory based on appearances, age, and things. She was right and I gave up my judgement of others based on their appearances. Time passed.
I came across Ms. Coyle's book again a few weeks ago, sat down read through it, turned to the back with new eyes, said hello and purchased the book.
I really like the context of body movement as part of working with energy. I hope she comes out with a DVD to go along with the book. (Hint).
If you are looking to connect with Divine energies and transform how you view the world this is a unique book that is very fresh and different on the topic of magic and working with energies. Ms. Coyle has wisdom and insight beyond her years and unique appearance(s).
Within the book is a caring and love that infuses the information with a power to reach your heart and sense of knowing. It is very special. It is obvious to me that the Divine has inspired this work.
If your reading the reviews, your pondering this book. It's in hard cover which means it won't wear out. For me, this is a worthy addition to my home library, if my library were destroyed or stolen, this is a book I would repurchase to always have available.
Thank you T. Thorn Coyle for pouring your heart into this work.
Buy the book, support this author and teacher who's insights and work inspires the heart and spirit.
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Bright Blessings to everyone!
The Craft that Thorn is calling for you to do in this book is the Craft of self-creation; it is about moving the magic within and engaging the much more difficult work of true self-evolution. This is not for the weak-hearted. These excercises take you into the hurt and wounded places, asking us to look squarely at our sexuality, personal pride, sense of self, personal power, and passions. These are not always happy places to visit, but do we wish to stay small forever? I have had this book for several years, and am still doing the work. It is a serious commitment.
The primary source of "Evolutionary Witchcraft" is the Feri Tradition, and the Gods, Guardians, and Pentacles of that Tradition are the heart and soul of this work. However, Thorn also draws deeply from the ecstatic teachings of the Sufis, for a work that is never dull, even when at times it asks us to be quiet.
Its an easy book to ignore. Its rituals and workings are often simple: mirrors, silence, water, and breath are common tools. But if you DO this work (not just read, smile, and put it on the shelf), you will find it is your body, first and foremost, that becomes the sacred space. You will be changed by what you find hidden in your own heart.
Though this is far and above my single favorite book on magic, I never recommend it for beginners, because this is a work most are not ready for. There was a time when I wasn't, either.